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This book explores the ways in which fourth-grade students use story, metaphor, and language to develop mathematical thinking skills and strategies. Replete with children's stories and illustrations, the book looks at children as sense-makers, storytellers, language creators, and problem-posers. It focuses on how to create a classroom community with "no put-downs" as the first rule. The book offers ideas on using children's literature to inspire mathematical investigations and to teach mathematical concepts. Included are classroom-tested, hands-on activities in geometry and algorithms as well as directions on making tools for use in the classroom. Specifically, it gives guidelines for journal writing with sample prompts, activities that promote the understanding of mathematical vocabulary through child-generated metaphors, examples of building models about mathematical ideas, responses to children's literature, and strategies to build understanding of basic operations. The book cuts across subject-matter boundaries to offer not only practical insights but also reflective commentary on the ways in which young students learn and build both conceptual and abstract thinking. (Contains a 40-item bibliography.) (NKA)

Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Classroom Environment, Concept Formation, Grade 4, Intermediate Grades, Journal Writing, Language Role, Learning Activities, Mathematics, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Thinking Skills

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Author: Whitin, Phyllis; Whitin, David J.


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